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Old 09-27-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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Is This Exhaust Setup Ok?

Looking to get my 3.8 to sound better and I am looking to get the Pypes X Pipe v6 (midpipe) to the Flowmaster American Thunders w/ 50 series (cat-back). Basically I am looking go get a mid pipe with a gt catback, I know gts have a 2.5 inch midpipe and the 3.8 has a 2.25 inch midpipe. My main concern is have the mid pipe fit correctly so I don't run into any problems.
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Looking to get my 3.8 to sound better and I am looking to get the Pypes X Pipe v6 (midpipe) to the Flowmaster American Thunders w/ 50 series (cat-back). Basically I am looking go get a mid pipe with a gt catback, I know gts have a 2.5 inch midpipe and the 3.8 has a 2.25 inch midpipe. My main concern is have the mid pipe fit correctly so I don't run into any problems.
Im sure you can find an adapter pretty easily
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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So many exhaust threads haha I'm thinking I may run Mac longtube headers, catted h pipe and flowmaster American thunder exhaust. To make up for any torque loss I was gonna install a windstar intake with a spacer on it as well
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:50 PM   #4
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So many exhaust threads haha I'm thinking I may run Mac longtube headers, catted h pipe and flowmaster American thunder exhaust. To make up for any torque loss I was gonna install a windstar intake with a spacer on it as well
Yea I know right but all of them are somewhat different and I couldnt find the answer I was looking for. Lol

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Im sure you can find an adapter pretty easily
Yea that's the thing the Pypes mid pipe is an a adapter, I just want to know what other people have done
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #5
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Pardon me for being off on the wrong subject with this whole adapter thing. but for those who do decide to do an adapter setup who are reading this I cannot stress how invaluable a muffler shop is. Those guys 90 percent of the time are amazing at what they do and usually will save you so much time and hassle installing an exhaust system that it's worth the couple bucks they charge you... Any real shop will have a pipe expander and if you ask really nicely I even had one guy put a really gradual curve on an old car of mine to avoid an abrupt pipe dia change. Personally I go to a place called triple A muffler her in garland for you Dallas guys. They are amazing!!!
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Pardon me for being off on the wrong subject with this whole adapter thing. but for those who do decide to do an adapter setup who are reading this I cannot stress how invaluable a muffler shop is. Those guys 90 percent of the time are amazing at what they do and usually will save you so much time and hassle installing an exhaust system that it's worth the couple bucks they charge you... Any real shop will have a pipe expander and if you ask really nicely I even had one guy put a really gradual curve on an old car of mine to avoid an abrupt pipe dia change. Personally I go to a place called triple A muffler her in garland for you Dallas guys. They are amazing!!!
Yea that is exactly of what I was thinking, only reason I started this thread was to see what people have done.
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Looking to get my 3.8 to sound better and I am looking to get the Pypes X Pipe v6 (midpipe) to the Flowmaster American Thunders w/ 50 series (cat-back). Basically I am looking go get a mid pipe with a gt catback, I know gts have a 2.5 inch midpipe and the 3.8 has a 2.25 inch midpipe. My main concern is have the mid pipe fit correctly so I don't run into any problems.
Alright man, here's what I did.
Step 1-Longtube Headers
You have a few options. Pacesetter longtube headers from summit racing, or MAC, depending on what you want. MAC is gonna give you better looking headers, as they have the chrome or ceramic option but i am not sure of the quality as i used the pacesetter. We finished off the headers with high temperature paint. The longtube header is EXTREMELY necessary as opposed to a shorty header. you will get a much deeper and throatier sound from a longtube simply because the laws of physics. air passing through a longer tube produces a deeper noise that air passing through a shorter tube.

Step 2-X-Pipe Legal or not, they are the best way to go in my opinion. if not, an H-pipe will do.

Step-3 Depending on how you do the x pipe or h pipe you can either have your system custom run at your local muffler shop, or if you buy a converter kit, simply run a GT catback system, but mine is catless

I get plenty of compliments on my exhaust and many people ask me if shes got a 5.0 in her while shes still in low RPMs, and the higher pitch us v6's have can never be deepened to a v8 sound. we just arent pushing enough cylinders. hope this helped!
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:04 PM   #8
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Ok sorry to keep bugging everyone with these exhaust questions buy I have been all through YouTube and can't find what I want. I am going to be keeping my cats on and just chopping into the system after all the emissions crap. I have a buddy if mine that did the same thing to his 98 v6 with the same flowmaster 40s but no H pipe just straight, and they were super loud! Until....... He finished the system and put pipe after the mufflers and up and over the axle. I heard it last night and I don't want mine to sound like that. It was way quiet and sounded terrible. So I'm thinking what I'm gonna do is just like he had except with the h pipe and newer motor of course and after the mufflers I'll go with 2.5 inch diameter pipe to the rear 3-3.5 inch tips. Any thoughts?
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:12 PM   #9
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I have what you want. I have from the cats back, no x or h pipe with glass pack mufflers to 3 or 3.5 inch tips. And the piping i believe is 2.5 inches.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:21 PM   #10
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I'm not familiar with glass pack mufflers... Aren't those the round straight through style?
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That's exactly what they are.
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:51 PM   #12
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Lame!!!!!!! I got it done this morning and it sounds terrible.... It's ok I guess but I'm definitely not happy! I'm going to have to save up and get some glass packs put on it. It's got a decent sound to it when you first start it up but after that it sounds like crap and it's not nearly loud enough! Stupid smog regulations!
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What mufflers did you end up getting? Cause my glasspacks are real loud. I always get questions asking if mines a GT and stuff.
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:31 PM   #14
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Flowmaster 40s.
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Old 10-09-2011, 07:57 PM   #15
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Oh alright. Yea I'd just save up and get the glass packs. Did you look up the sound on YouTube?
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Yeah I looked it up and they all sounded awesome but I'm thinking they all cut out their cats and had long tube headers. I wish I could cut mine off but I can't due to emissions...
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I'm probably gonna be buying long tubes pretty soon. Not sure on what I'll do with the cats yet.
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I have been told that you can take the back two cats off and just remounting your O2 sensors and you should still pass emissions
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That would be something to try.
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Keep in mind a long tube install is a pita and if u plan on having a shop do it it's gonna be 800-1200
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Yea I know what you mean man.
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It'll work perfectly fine I put the pypes x mids n they fit good. I would also recommend keeping two of the cats due to the fact that the car will be ridiculous loud, eat gas and won't perform as well.
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I'm not liking my exhaust goin under my wheel well I'm thinkin of bring my exhaust through the side of the car molding it around the body before the rear tires
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Re: Is This Exhaust Setup Ok?

I suggest you keep the cats on or replace them, but have a set on there. If you do not plan on getting a blower, then run 2.25" pipe. The cats and the 2.25" pipe will give you proper back pressure and insure better performance, not loss of low end torque.
So far, I have my original 4 cats on, divorced dual pipes, and mufflers.
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